News broke this afternoon that founder and legendary musician Malcom Young has passed away.
AC/DC themselves made the news public on Facebook. Malcom became 64. He co-founded the band in 1973 with his brother Agnus Young. And has stayed with the band almost continuously until permanently retiring in 2014. He was diagnosed with dementia.
We are very saddened with this news, as another legendary metal icon has left our mids. A musician that has inspired and influenced many generations.
Last month his brother George Young has passed away too at 70 years old. He was the main producer of AC/DC and several other prominent metal bands.
AC/DC has released this statement:
'Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.
Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC.
With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.
As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man.
He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted.
He took great pride in all that he endeavored.
His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.
As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.
He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.''